Snoqualmie boy is making and breaking records
July 11, 2012
By Katie Larsen
Most pillows stuffed in shirt. Most stairs slid down in a sleeping bag. Longest time staring at self in mirror.
These are just some of the records local middle school student Noah Riffe has broken as part of http://recordsetter.com.
“One day two years ago, I was looking for something to do,” Riffe said.
He looked up the Guinness Book of World Records but because of the amount of paperwork and complicated process of participating, Riffe looked further. He found Record Setter, which allows members to film their record, send it for review and have it uploaded on the site. Riffe gets a lot of his ideas from the website itself.
“Also, I look around the house for random things and use them,” he said.
For example, most plastic bags put on hand in 30 seconds.
“The training is very easy because you can pick things that you are already good at,” Riffe said.
His favorite record that he has broken is longest time dancing with green cups, also his first record. Someone has since beaten his time and he would like to get the record back in his name. He danced with his friend Ryan Kraycik.
“Ryan is the only other one that continually breaks records” in the area that he knows about, Riffe said.
Earlier this year, Riffe was asked by the site to host a World Record Day event, which he titled Records for Water. According to his mom, Lori Riffe, about 18 people participated that day at the Church on the Ridge. The group set 12 records, mostly related to water.
“I’m pretty involved in their community,” Riffe said.
Riffe said the website eventually wants to make a museum with things that were used to break records.
The 12-year-old is an only child, a seventh-grader this fall at Snoqualmie Middle School and on the honor roll. He said he wants to be a filmmaker and director when he grows up because he likes to film videos and edit them, which he does with all of his record-setting or record-breaking clips.
Last Christmas, the whole family chipped in to buy him a DSLR camera to use. Next week, the Riffe family will attend the YouTube conference in Anaheim, Calif., that features the big names on the site as well as classes to learn different techniques about posting videos.
“He’s always been an entrepreneur in things like this,” Lori Riffe said. “We definitely root him on.”
She said they only get involved when Riffe asks for their help, usually in shooting videos for him while he breaks records. They also post his links through Facebook accounts because Riffe isn’t old enough to have an account yet. Lori Riffe said this helps promote his activities in records and charity work.
In lieu of gifts for his 11th birthday, Riffe made an account through charity: water, a nonprofit organization that provides safe drinking water for people in developing countries. Riffe learned about the charity from a YouTube video that he said inspired him to get involved.
He said you can set up your own campaign to raise money on its website, and donators can post their names and comments. During Records for Water, Riffe raised $625 for the charity.
“I thought it was really cool because it’s different than other charities and the work they do is great,” Riffe said.
He also said that charity: water wants donors to know exactly where their money has gone so email updates will be sent out.
Lori Riffe said they make sure Noah can’t be physically harmed by any records attempted, and he is forbidden from eating challenges because “it’s a choking hazard.”
Riffe currently holds 20 records, including 18 that he has beaten.
Check him out
Noah Riffe’s videos can be found at http://recordsetter.com/user/NoahRiffe. See his most recent one at www.snovalleystar.com.
Katie Larsen: 392-6434, ext. 236, or firstname.lastname@example.org.